Embassy of Australia
United States of America

HR Current Vacancies


Current Vacancies


Note:  Due to the large number of applications we receive for vacancies, we will not be able to contact unsuccessful candidates who have not been shortlisted for interview. Please presume, if you have not been invited to attend an interview that your application has been unsuccessful on this occasion.

The Embassy of Australia in Washington DC does not engage external consultants to undertake its recruitment activity. Please read the position documentation below for the vacancy you are interested in and follow the application procedures listed at How to Apply.

             As of 18 May 2017 - all application material must be submitted in PDF format only.


*Please note all closing dates reflect United States Eastern Standard Time (US EST)

 Closed Vacancies

Senior Foreign Military Sales Case Specialist (extended) 10231 Defence Shortlisting
Visits Officer - temporary - 6 months 10401 DFAT Shortlisting
Information Communication Technology (ICT) Manager - temporary - 6 months 10145 Defence Shortlisting
 Information Communication Technology (ICT) Support Officer 11501 Defence Shortlisting
Immigration Officer 10116 DIBP Shortlisting
Army Overseas Training Coordinator 10200 Defence Shortlisting
Deputy Director Education Policy & University Research 11900 Industry, Science & Education Shortlisting
Deputy Director Industry & Science 10120 Industry, Science & Education Interviewing
Administrative Assistant 10002 DFAT Interviewing
Sr Congressional Liaison Officer 10162 DFAT Interviewing

Employment Conditions

LE Salary Scale

Go to LE Salary Scale (as at 1 July 2017)

*All salaries are annual, and are paid in US dollars


Taxation is a personal responsibility for all Locally Engaged Staff (LES) and individuals should confirm their taxation obligations before considering an offer of employment with the Embassy.

For Australians considering employment at the embassy, please use the following link to assess your tax status  with the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) http://calculators.ato.gov.au/scripts/axos/axos.asp?CONTEXT=&KBS=residency_leaving.XR4. Please note that the embassy is required to report to the ATO the earnings for those staff considered to be Australian residents for taxation purposes.

Information about the Australian-US tax treaty on double taxation can be found here http://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-trty/aus.pdf   

For those staff with a taxation obligation to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) - in the United States - information on filing US taxes can be found here http://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/p519.pdf

Dependants of A-based and LES with employment authorisation are required to file tax returns with the IRS in order to renew their employment authorisation cards. This includes returns for those applying treaty exemptions, those with nil earnings, and those employed outside of the embassy. This does not remove the obligation to file tax returns with the Australian Taxation Office.


Please note that there is no relocation allowance given to a successful candidate of a locally engaged position. See Living in the greater Washington DC area for possible sources of information on accommodation, transportation and cost of living in Washington DC and its surrounds.

Terms and conditions of employment for Locally Engaged Staff (LES)

Please use the following link to see the full terms and conditions of employment for Locally Engaged Staff (LES) at the Australian Embassy in Washington DC terms and conditions  

Temporary Employment

The Embassy of Australia Human Resources Department is currently soliciting interest from persons available to work in temporary positions. Temporary vacancies are usually filled on a short-term contract basis. 

NOTE: like all temporary employees, applicants will need to have appropriate work authorisation and correct visa/residence status to be employed.

The Embassy of Australia is accepting expressions of interest from individuals seeking temporary employment with the Department of Immigration and Border Protection. These positions range from data entry to filing and other miscellaneous administrative duties and are primarily LE2 roles with some opportunity for LE3 work. Applicants will need to have appropriate work authorisation and correct visa/residence status to be employed. To be considered for these roles applicants must complete the necessary documentation using the following link http://www.usa.embassy.gov.au/whwh/ApplyTemp.html  

Once you have read and understood the requirements – please submit all documentation and any questions you may have to Recruitment.Washington@dfat.gov.au  using DIBP Temp Application in the subject line.

Contact Information

Specific questions related to temporary positions can be directed to Paul P. Vella at 202 797 3284 or by email at Recruitment.Washington@dfat.gov.au

To be considered for short term temporary vacancies go to How to Apply for Temporary Employment.

Long term temporary vacancies (e.g. six months or longer) will be advertised here. These vacancies have different application requirements to those for short term temporary vacancies. 

Vacancies at other Posts

From time to time, other posts in the USA will advertise here. Check their websites for other vacancies and further information. Do not send applications or enquiries for vacancies at other posts to the Embassy in Washington DC.

Chicago - PN10280 - Executive Assistant and Public Relations Manager - Closing Wednesday, 23 August 2017 (Close of Business Chicago time)